If you feel any unpleasantness while enjoying hot tea or some yummy ice cream you are not alone. It is estimated that 45 million adults across the country suffer from tooth sensitivity. While some people will choose to avoid foods or drinks they know will lead to pain and discomfort, it’s far better to get to the root of the problem to ensure the health of your teeth.
If multiple teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, then it’s time to take a look at your diet. People that enjoy foods and drinks that are high in acid are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity. It’s the acid that dissolves the protective enamel of the tooth and causes pain.
If you suffer from sensitivity of just one tooth it is probably caused by a cavity or a crack in the enamel. If that’s the case it’s important to contact your dental care professional to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Also, teeth whitening treatments, increased stress in your life, and weather changes can alter tooth sensitivity.
There are a few ways to keep tooth sensitivity at bay. Avoid consuming foods and drinks that are high in acid. Try to use a straw when drinking juices with a high acidic content (and rinse your mouth out with wash after.) Brush with a soft bristled brush, and also try toothpaste geared towards relieving tooth pain cause by sensitivity. I love Sensodyne and recommend it to patients experiencing discomfort.
If after all this you’re still experiencing a problem, next step is to schedule an appointment so we can take a look and find out what’s really going on. Please contact our Staten Island Dentist Office online https://drmarianadds.com/contact-us/ or call us at (718) 494-2200.